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Honoring our Veterans on Veterans Day

Today is Veterans Day, and it provides us with an opportunity to pay tribute each year to those who served in our nation’s military. 

It's a day that recognizes and honors the more than 19 million individuals who have served in the U.S. military. It began observance on November 11, 1919 as Armistice Day, honoring the first anniversary of the end of World War I. However, by 1954, President Eisenhower had officially changed the name to Veterans Day, as we still know it today. 

This Veteran’s Day, show your appreciation to a veteran in your life by thanking them for their service or asking them about their time in the military, or by educating yourself further on U.S. military history.


The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination 

Observed each March 21 after the tragic day in 1960 when the police in Sharpeville, South Africa, opened fire on participants in a peaceful demonstration against apartheid, the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination remains an important one in the attempt to fight racism and racial discrimination worldwide.

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Observing Wounded Knee Day

Also known as Wounded Knee Day of Reflection, Wounded Knee Day honors the memory of the over 200 (some estimate as many as 300) Lakota Sioux men, women, and children who were massacred by the U.S. 7th Cavalry Regiment near Wounded Knee Creek on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. 

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